Khan’s government inherited massive economic challenges when it came to power in July [Mohsin Raza/Reuters]

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has hit back at criticism over a proposal to alleviate poverty by developing the local poultry industry, citing a similar recommendation by US billionaire Bill Gates. 

In a wide-ranging speech on Thursday marking his government’s first 100 days in office in the capital Islamabad, Khan said rural women will be given chickens and eggs to start poultry businesses, which he said is a “great plan” to help eradicate poverty.

“I’m proposing such a plan which doesn’t require billions of

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